Inspired by The MET’s Costume Institute’s 2016 exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, this course allow young designers to explore methods which reconcile the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of wearable technology prototypes, related ready-to-wear, and accessories.
This course will allow students to will learn how to envision, design, prototype and document their ideas through hands-on experience with a range of digital design and fabrication tools. Assignments involve designing and making something every week ranging from developing simple prototypes to building a digital fabrication machine, such as a 3D printer. Success will be measured through projects by a student’s acquired skills rather than time or examination.
Students will participate in focused lectures every week highlighting innovations and opportunities in the emerging world of digital and wearable technology with particular attention to garment and accessory applications. In addition, there are lab days each week where students have access to the digital fabrication equipment and local expertise for personal help with assignments.
This course is designed as a fast-paced, intense hands-on learning experience with assessment projects being completed each week. Students document their projects continuously building up a unique online personal portfolio of creative and technical achievements.
- Equip students with the mindsets and methods of basic wearable technology design prototyping using the Flora starter kit by Adafruit, the UNT fab lab, and 3D printing.
- Allow students to experiment with design prototyping for both sensor embedded garments or accessories
- Educate students to code basic patterns and incorporate opportunities for wearable technology concept development
- Inspire students to approach challenges differently and experience how alternative formats for design can add new perspectives to your own work tackling apparel related challenges
- Facilitate hands-on experience speaking to, prototyping for, and testing solutions with emerging technologies